After a few minutes, the fog vanishes.
Bart walks around looking for signs that might explain where the others went.
Mistress Bianca follows Bart’s coat tails.
Bart, you see extra sets of footprints going counterclockwise around the circular corridor. A couple more sets than you remember. They go halfway around and vanish.
Bart: Now that is odd. I think I can make out the prints of Rikard and Casdegere, but….they only go halfway ‘round, stopping here where I stand.
Mistress Bianca ’s anger and annoyance boils up from down deep inside her. Without thinking she pounds her fist against the wall; immediately regretting it as the pain reminds her that stone trumps flesh.
Mistress Bianca: I am tired of this game!
Bart: Walks back to where Bianca is.
Rikard Castleberry: Well, we haven’t been ambushed by spiders for the last 3 minutes, which is a good thing.
Casdegere Constantine continues to scale the walls and ceilings with his eyes.
Casdegere hears faint thunder.
Casdegere Constantine: I’m still convinced that we have not traveled. Everything looks the same except for our missing comrades.
Casdegere Constantine stops to listen to the thunder.
Rikard Castleberry: Well, that, and the spiders.
Casdegere Constantine: Was it raining when we came in?
Rikard Castleberry: You know, I don’t remember.
Note: Bart discovered that Rikard’s and Casdegere’s footprints went halfway around the circular corridor, counterclockwise, then vanished.
Casdegere Constantine: Bart…Bianca!
Mistress Bianca: Bart, I do not know why but this last attempt did nothing.
Bart: What were they doing when I triggered the fog?
Rikard Castleberry glances around to see if Casdegere’s yelling attracted any attention.
Mistress Bianca: Well triggering the fog is easy, did we do everything they did?
The yelling is drowned out by a peal of thunder. The faint light inside is fading fast.
Mistress Bianca turns as she studies the room. Her toe bumps a cube of stone on the floor.
Mistress Bianca: Rikard was playing with these.
Casdegere Constantine keeps his back to Rikard’s.
Mistress Bianca picks up 2 cubes and hands one to Bart.
Mistress Bianca shrugs.
Bart: I wasn’t paying any attention. Rikard wandered off. OK I’ll trigger the fog.
Bart triggers fog.
Mistress Bianca shakes her hand when Bart isn’t looking.
The cubes are of 2 different colors. Some are light green, some are leaf green.
Casdegere Constantine: Bart…Bianca!
Bart picks up a square one.
Bart walks around the room while touching the red band of color. A bass hum rises in intensity to conversational level. Then fog billows from the room to fill the circular corridor. All the stone cubes are cubes of exactly the same size.
Bart runs out and follows the tracks.
Casdegere Constantine: Bart…Bianca! Where are you!
Mistress Bianca follows briefly then decides against it.
Bart, A sudden nausea wrenches your stomach, and you struggle to avoid falling. You are somewhere else. The fog is gone and you occupy a corridor that appears identical to the fog-filled corridor, yet is indefinably different.
Mistress Bianca: Bart? You there?
Casdegere Constantine: Bart…Bianca! sound off!
The transition disorients Bart so much that he is shaken.
Bart, the fog is gone, but you are still in the circular corridor.
Sorry. Bart continues around the ring, making a full circuit and returning to Bianca.
Mistress Bianca: Yeah…
Bart: That didn’t work.
Mistress Bianca throws the cube against the wall as hard as she can.
Rikard Castleberry: Cas, is there anything in that room behind me? Is it like the other one with rocks and such?
Casdegere Constantine: Ok, you stay there, ill go look.
Casdegere Constantine steps forward.
Bart: Any other ideas?
Casdegere does see cubes scattered about the floor. 6 red and 2 deep purple.
Casdegere Constantine: There are more squares.
Mistress Bianca: there were two colors I believe,... maybe we can bring some outside up top to check which ones we had…don’t set that one down! I will gather up the rest.
Casdegere Constantine: They look red and um…violet.
Mistress Bianca holds her cloak out in front of her and starts picking up the stones she bumps into and placing them inside and when she has as many as she can carry says…
Mistress Bianca: Ok lets go up top.
Mistress Bianca: You ready Bart?
Bart: Up top where? Can’t we just use one of the internal light crystals?
When Bianca and Bart reach the rooftop, they notice dark clouds to the west; Looks like a storm is moving in. You have 11 cubes. 10 are light green, 1 is leaf green. Bart held a light green.
Mistress Bianca: Room and daylight 1 floor up.
Rikard Castleberry: Let’s look at the rocks in here maybe?
Rikard Castleberry: I’m curious.
While there are crystals at regular intervals in the walls, none of these are illuminated.
Rikard Castleberry picks up one of the deep purple rocks and looks it over.
It is a dark color.
Bart: I guess we will have to hold hands.
All the stone blocks are cubes of exactly the same size. Only difference is color.
Mistress Bianca nods, we both should touch it too, don’t want to take any stupid freaking chances… who designs these things anyway?!
Mistress Bianca goes back to the circular room.
Casdegere Constantine: Don’t do anything Rikard.
Casdegere Constantine: We have to wait.
Rikard Castleberry: Oh I’m good at that.
Bart triggers the fog then holds out his hand for Bianca and the cube.
Mistress Bianca holds Bart’s hand wondering if this will be the end of their relationship or not…
Rikard Castleberry: But um, why?
Casdegere Constantine: I don’t know why.
Casdegere Constantine: I just think they will find us…somehow.
Bart, Bianca, as you reach the halfway point, you are suddenly somewhere else. The fog is gone, but you are still in a circular corridor. Bianca vomits and collapse to the floor, Shaken. Bart is Shaken. Casdegere, Rikard, you hear someone throwing up!
Rikard Castleberry: Dude, was that you?
Another peal of thunder shakes the tower.
Casdegere Constantine: No…Bart…Bianca!?
Bart and Bianca hear Casdegere.
Mistress Bianca: That was not pleasant!
Casdegere Constantine: Bianca!
Casdegere Constantine steps out of the room.
Casdegere Constantine: C’mon Rikard!
Mistress Bianca stands up.
Casdegere, Rikard, you hear Bianca.
Mistress Bianca: Don’t step there Bart.
Bart: Where are we?
Rikard Castleberry stays in the room.
You are somewhere else that looks the same as the place you left.
Mistress Bianca: Well I hear Casdegere. At least we are together.
Bart looks for tracks.
Mistress Bianca: Son of a bitch!
Casdegere Constantine: There you are!
Mistress Bianca: The storm is here!
Mistress Bianca: You know what that means Bart?
Bart sees 3 sets going around the ring counterclockwise. And another set walking toward him…
Rikard Castleberry realizes his light source just ran out of the room chasing vomit sounds, so he sits down and waits a bit.
Bart follows tracks.
Mistress Bianca: When we were on the roof the storm was on the horizon… we just travelled many miles in the blink of a Venomous Ferret-bat’s eye.
Casdegere Constantine: I doubt that, we have not moved.
The 3 sets go the circular room in the middle. On the way Bart passes a few dead spiders of very large size.
Casdegere Constantine: Except around this…hall.
Bart: Or time, we could have travelled in time
. Casdegere Constantine: I don’t understand this.
Rikard Castleberry *starts stacking rocks in a pile.
*Mistress Bianca: We are in a different tower.
Casdegere Constantine: But watch your step, spiders are abouts…big ones.
Mistress Bianca: Then the one we entered.
Casdegere Constantine: Different?
Casdegere Constantine looks around in disbelief.
Mistress Bianca: Trust me, in the last tower the storm was miles away, now it is here upon us.
Rikard Castleberry collects more rocks now that his eyes have adjusted a little and stacks them into a bigger pile.
Rikard, there are a total of 8 cubes.
Bart: Cas – Is the tower the same lay-out?
Casdegere Constantine: I ….I think so.
Rikard Castleberry makes a base of 6 red, with 2 purple on them, and his dark green on top.
Mistress Bianca: I want to go to the roof.
Casdegere Constantine: Why? For what purpose?
Bart goes to roof to look for landmarks.
Mistress Bianca: Because I want to see if there is anything out here outside of the tower.
Casdegere Constantine: But it’s dangerous.
Casdegere Constantine: What do you plan to see in the dark?
_The layout is exactly the same as the last …tower, but the trapdoor to the roof is closed.
Beyond it, Bart hears wind howling._
Mistress Bianca: I will also get wet, care to state anything more obvious?
Bart: The stars.
Bart helps open the hatch.
Mistress Bianca pulls her cloak tight around her and leans her staff against the wall.
The trapdoor resists opening; the wind must be pressing down upon it but you get it open and a torrent of rain pounds through the opening. It is very dark outside; Lightning arcs across the sliver of sky, followed by thunder.
Casdegere Constantine moves over to the crossway.
Mistress Bianca climbs up and peaks her head out.
Rikard Castleberry grabs 1 of each rock, puts them in his backpack, and takes a few steps out of the room, where the spider blood is still at.
You have to lower your head slightly; the rain comes down so hard it hurts your eyes. Bianca is drenched.
Mistress Bianca: Aww EEL SNOT!
Bart: Can you see the stars?
Mistress Bianca: Not a chance in hell.
. Bart: Guess we try the tracks.
Casdegere Constantine waits patiently for their return.
Casdegere Constantine: Well, what did you see mistress?
Mistress Bianca takes off her sodden cloak and removes her mask.
Mistress Bianca tries to wipe the lenses of her mask dry.
Mistress Bianca: I saw a storm. It was worse then I thought.
Mistress Bianca lays her wet cloak out in the middle room to dry a little.
Suddenly, you realize that you can’t hear the rain anymore.
Casdegere Constantine: did it stop raining?
Mistress Bianca: Either that or something closed the trap door.
Mistress Bianca: Well, lets go see.
Casdegere Constantine: Alright, lead on.
The trapdoor is still open. Now sunlight streams through it.
Mistress Bianca puts her mask back on.
Mistress Bianca: Now… not…2 minutes ago?
Mistress Bianca climbs up and peaks out.
Casdegere Constantine is completely confused.
Rikard Castleberry follows the sound of a woman complaining to find everyone.
Dark clouds move fast to the east, clear sky to the west. The rooftop is slick with water. All around, are trees.
Rikard Castleberry: Oh hey guys, why are you all wet?
Mistress Bianca: Erm, steps out and scans the horizon looking to see the other tower in the direction the storm is heading.
No tower in sight.
Mistress Bianca: I am wet because God hates me.
Rikard Castleberry: Does that mean that God loves me, since I’m dry?
Casdegere Constantine: Well…this is NOT getting any closer to finding Hoyt.
Rikard Castleberry: Oh Cas, did you find that vomit you were looking for?
Casdegere Constantine: Yes, I almost slipped on it.
Rikard Castleberry: I’m glad you found it.
Mistress Bianca: You sure about that? I just verified that he is not on the roof. You had 5 minutes, what have you done?
Bart scans the horizon looking for landmarks.
Bart: I am not sure Hoyt came here.
Casdegere Constantine: Smart, evil men always go to a roof where there is no escape.
Rikard Castleberry: Wait, did Hoyt vomit back there?
Bart sees an open area to the northeast, possibly a body of water, but not recognizable from here.
Bart: There would have been more in the way of tracks.
Casdegere Constantine: No Rikard, they did.
Mistress Bianca: Don’t forget it may not be Hoyt we chase.
Rikard Castleberry: Why the hell did you vomit back there guys?
Casdegere Constantine: Rikard, forget about the vomit.
Mistress Bianca: I am on a new weight loss program.
Casdegere Constantine: Bart, can you pick up tracks leading away from this inner ring?
Rikard Castleberry: Oh what’s up there on the roof?
Mistress Bianca comes down from the roof opening.
Bart: I can try. There does not seem to be enough tracks to match what we were following.
Mistress Bianca Smacks Rikard in the back of the head.
After a few minutes examining the area with the help of Casdegere’s torch, Bart finds one type of tracks not made by your party. These tracks enter the circular corridor the same place you did, go to one of the windows, then the circular room, then clockwise around the circular corridor.
Rikard Castleberry shows Bianca the purple stone from his backpack.
Casdegere Constantine: So someone looked out to see where he was?
Rikard Castleberry: Check this out.
Mistress Bianca: How many of these were there Mister Rikard?
Rikard Castleberry: Um, 2.
Rikard Castleberry: And 6 red ones.
Bart: Seems so.
Bart: Do we follow?
Rikard Castleberry: Ya!
Rikard Castleberry: Unless…
Casdegere Constantine Looks over at Bianca.
Rikard Castleberry: You want to hunt down a spider that ran away from me?
Casdegere Constantine: No, no I do not.
Rikard Castleberry whispers to Bianca “I think Cas has a problem with spiders….”
Casdegere Constantine: Bart, if he leads us, help us follow him.
Mistress Bianca: Does not lower her voice, “but spiders are so cute!”
Bart: Use the lesser color by number?
Casdegere Constantine: The most.
Mistress Bianca: There were the least that worked last time.
Casdegere Constantine: I do not think so, I used a light green.
Mistress Bianca: Bart and I will hold one of the purple stones together, Casdegere and Rikard can hold the other.
Mistress Bianca: If it doesn’t work…oh well we try the other color no big deal.
Casdegere Constantine: If you say so.
Rikard Castleberry wonders to himself in the back of his mind what will happen, since he has a red and dark green in his pack he forgot about.
Casdegere Constantine picks up a violet one. and hands it to Bianca.
Just let me know your final plan so I don’t make a mistake.
Mistress Bianca: Make sure you are holding hands and touching the stone together Casdegere and Rikard.
Casdegere Constantine: Ok Rikard, I guess we both will hold onto this rock when we go along the hall.
Mistress Bianca: Bart and I did both so we are not sure which is required.
Rikard Castleberry: Okey dokey.
Casdegere Constantine points at the violet one he has.
. Mistress Bianca holds the purple stone out to share with Bart after he starts the fog thingy.
Casdegere Constantine: We are ready.
Bart follows tracks.
Rikard Castleberry: 1…2… NOW.
Casdegere Constantine gets ready for a fight where ever they end up.
Bart puts his fingers on the dark green color band in the circular room and walks the circle.
Fog rolls out into the corridor. Now you walk, or even sashay, holding hands.
Casdegere Constantine: Wait, dark green band, red band.
Almost arm in arm, Rikard and Casdegere disappear while Bart and Bianca continue walking.
Rikard Castleberry: Well, we are, somewhere.
Casdegere Constantine: Well, now this is making sense to me.
Bart: What the heck?
It looks the same as the place you left, and the place before that.
Bart: Weren’t we holding the same color stones?
Rikard Castleberry: Green stones again, hm. This doesn’t look interesting.
Casdegere Constantine: They are not green.
Rikard Castleberry: So um…
Casdegere Constantine seeing that he is not sure if they are in the first tower again, he gets an idea.
Rikard Castleberry: I noticed we are here again without those 2.
Bart: Shall we try light green in the other direction?
Mistress Bianca walks back to the center room.
You believe you are in the first tower.
Casdegere Constantine he takes out a small knife and mars the corner where he is at.
Mistress Bianca: This is the first tower for certain.
Casdegere Constantine: I agree.
Rikard Castleberry: I dub this room, the blood room.
Casdegere Constantine: But now it makes sense.
Casdegere Constantine: Look at the band in the room.
Rikard Castleberry: It does?
Casdegere Constantine he uses his torch to show them.
Casdegere Constantine: It must correspond to the color of the stones, the red stones lead us back here, ofcourse.
Mistress Bianca: Ok your idea was use the other stone and sashay, saunter, stride, strut, sidle, or otherwise walk the opposite direction?
Rikard Castleberry: So, what happens if we hold all 4 stones?
Mistress Bianca: You implode.
Rikard Castleberry frowns at that idea.
Casdegere Constantine: Lets do what works, we know someone other then we went to the green tower.
You all hear the faint sound of rain.
Casdegere Constantine: This being the red one, lets get back to the green tower.
Mistress Bianca: Yes, and lets explore the bottom floors.
Casdegere Constantine: Not necessary.
Rikard Castleberry: Let’s go to the purple one.
Casdegere Constantine: We know he looked out, didn’t see what he wanted and he used the device.
Mistress Bianca: Why is it not necessary?
Casdegere Constantine: That’s why.
You have light green and leaf green (darker green) cubes. If you try something, let me know the type of green you use. Dark green was for the tower you just left.
Rikard Castleberry takes the opportunity go grab a light green stone and put it in his backpack.
Casdegere Constantine: We use a dark green stone and lets go back.
Mistress Bianca: You also thought we repeated what he did.
Casdegere Constantine: We obviously used the wrong stone.
Mistress Bianca: We used one, it did not work you used the other. It brought us here.
Bart: The other color should work in the other direction.
Casdegere Constantine: Alright, then from here, lets use a light green in the other direction?
Bart: Worth a try.
Casdegere Constantine: Agreed.
Mistress Bianca: I agree.
Casdegere Constantine moves over and grabs up a light green stone.
Mistress Bianca: And if I get my hands on the person who designed these towers…
There are plenty of stones for everyone! The rain sounds intensify.
Bart starts the fog.
Mistress Bianca: Light green one in hand she does NOT share!
Casdegere Constantine moves clockwise around the ringlight green in hand.
Rikard Castleberry takes his light green from his bag and holds it.
Casdegere Constantine readies himself for a possible fight, as always.
OK. You walk ccw around the circular corridor. Halfway around, you appear someplace else that looks the same as the place you left. But something is different here. It smells like a lot of people were here.
Mistress Bianca thinks about making a necklace out of these cubes for future use.
Thunder cracks in the distance.
Casdegere Constantine takes his shield and covers the torch up as best he can.
Everyone is disoriented a little, and Bianca is Shaken.
Bart looks for tracks.
Casdegere Constantine: It smells of damp boots.
Rikard Castleberry marches out to what should be the hallway.
Casdegere Constantine: And sweat.
Footprints are all over the place, fruit cores and other debris from meals.
Casdegere Constantine checks himself for odor.
Bart: Shall we search?
Casdegere Constantine: Indeed, here, I’ll help you.
Casdegere Constantine finally hands Bart the torch.
Another clap of thunder.
Bart: Follow tracks if there are not too many random ones.
The places is covered in tracks going everywhere. No particular pattern, as if a bunch of guys were exploring or milling about.
Casdegere Constantine sees that Bart is having trouble.
Bart: Then let us go to the big rooms first.
Casdegere Constantine: Ok, now lets go to the roof and see.
Bart: After the roof.
Mistress Bianca: Sounds ok by me.
As you approach the trapdoor, the sound of rain gets louder. This door is open like that of the first tower. Dark clouds cover the sky.
Bart: Doubt they’re standing in the rain.
Casdegere Constantine: Maybe if we get to the outside, we can see if they left, fresh tracks.
Casdegere Constantine: Or find them on the way down, such a large group will not be all to quiet.
Casdegere Constantine climbs up.
Despite the driving rain, Casdegere sees that this tower is surrounded by water. Near one edge of the rooftop, water swirls around a small object.
Rikard Castleberry climbs up to the roof as well.
Casdegere Constantine moves up to it.
It is another stone cube. Reddish Orange.
Casdegere Constantine picks it up.
Rikard Castleberry: Whew! Look at all the water out here!
There is blue sky to the west. The rain lessens.
Casdegere Constantine: I know, its all around the tower.
Rikard Castleberry: I suppose that means there aren’t any windows on the lower levels.
Casdegere Constantine: I don’t think it is that high.
The water is pretty far down.
Rikard Castleberry: The tower must be on a small bit of land. I found another cube.
Casdegere Constantine shows Rikard.
Rikard Castleberry: Oh nice! That makes 5.
Rikard Castleberry heads over to the edge of the tower to see how close the water is.
Well, you can’t tell how deep it is, but this tower does not look as high as the first one. The water entirely surrounds the tower. But now that the sun is coming out, you can make sense of direction again. About 100 yards to the south, you see the shore.
Rikard Castleberry leans out and touches the water with his hand.
Water extends far in the other directions. The water is far below you. You can’t reach it.
Casdegere Constantine climbs down the ladder.
Bart *checks the rest of the tower.
OK. You are inside once again.
Casdegere Constantine:* We found another stone of a different color and the tower is surrounded by water.
Mistress Bianca: Only one?
Casdegere Constantine: Only one.
Rikard Castleberry: I saw the shore, not that far away.
As Bart finishes exploring this floor, he finds evidence of many people, but finds none of them.
Casdegere Constantine: So either we have to find evidence that they moved onto the shore away from here or they used the stones.
As he heads down the ramp to the level below, the footprints end. The dust covered floor shows you this is virgin territory.
Rikard Castleberry: I’m still voting for using the purple stone.
Bart: What colors are from here?
Casdegere Constantine: I found orange, red, any stones in the center room?
Mistress Bianca: Four of us can share a stone. I hope so.
Rikard Castleberry: No stones here.
Casdegere Constantine: Then we share it.
Casdegere Constantine nods to Bart.
Bart: Everyone ready?
Rikard Castleberry: So were trying orange?
Casdegere Constantine: Yes.
Bart starts fog.
Casdegere Constantine waits for Bart.
Bart runs to the group.
Who holds stone and which direction do you walk?
Casdegere Constantine: Ok, keep hold, here we go, counter clockwise.
Mistress Bianca: We all hold hands, we all hold stone and we all scrum down the hall CCW.
You waddle as a group ccw. You reach the halfway point, and keep on walking around the circle til you reach your starting point.
Rikard Castleberry: Well that was anticlimactic.
Casdegere Constantine seeing that it didn’t do anything, we walk the other way.
Bart: Try the other way.
Casdegere Constantine: Ok, c’mon then.
Mistress Bianca: That makes sense.
Mistress Bianca: CCW would be a light green stone to bring us to the first tower.
When you walk cw with the orange red cube, the same thing happens. And by the way, the color band in the circular room here is light green.
Mistress Bianca: GAH! Well there goes that theory.
Casdegere Constantine: Not necessarily.
Mistress Bianca: We don’t even know if the orangish red stone is the next one in the series, it could have just been accidently dropped.
Casdegere Constantine: It only means that the stones are specific to towers.
Mistress Bianca: Maybe the purple one?
Rikard Castleberry: Or maybe it only works from the first tower.
Casdegere Constantine: I would agree on the purple one.
Mistress Bianca: If it does not work… maybe we should search this tower I know that they didn’t but maybe there is another stone lying around somewhere.
Casdegere Constantine: Alright but lets try it first.
Mistress Bianca: Lets try the purple stones.
Casdegere Constantine: Yes.
Mistress Bianca: We have two, me and Bart, you and Rikard.
Rikard Castleberry: Takes the orange stone, puts it in his pack, and takes out a purple
one. Casdegere Constantine: Got it.
Rikard Castleberry: Erm…
Rikard Castleberry takes the orange stone, puts it in his pack, and takes out a purple one.
Rikard Castleberry: Let’s do this!
Mistress Bianca waits for Bart to do it since he is now the official stripe molester.
Bart start the fog.
OK. The same thing happens as with the last stone.
Mistress Bianca: Ok lets search the tower.
Bart: Why would they come here?
Mistress Bianca: Maybe they took all the stones with em.
Bart: We did in all the areas they were in.
The rain has ended.
Rikard Castleberry: So let’s try the red.
Casdegere Constantine: Well it appears that these towers progress eastward.
Rikard Castleberry: And go back.
Bart: Does the rain mean anything? It is odd.
Casdegere Constantine: We were following the storm as we went form tower to tower.
Mistress Bianca: We are getting the same storm over and over again, because we are bouncing around the world along its path.
Bart: That is a fast moving storm.
Casdegere Constantine: I say we try this orange stone at all the other towers.
If you want, give me a step by step plan and I’ll let you know what happens. That may be faster.
Mistress Bianca: Hmm, maybe at the tower where the red stones were at… light green, leaf green, red, red orange…purple may have been the misplaced.
Rikard Castleberry: I think we should try to use the red and go back to the first tower then use orange or purple from there.
Casdegere Constantine: Well lets try and get away from here first using a dark green.
Mistress Bianca: Ok, I am game to use the light green first clockwise, then use the leaf green clockwise, then the reddish orange clockwise.
Casdegere Constantine: Ok, we all use the leaf green clockwise, let’s start with that.
OK. The red takes you back to the first tower.
Mistress Bianca: Leaf green clockwise, then the red clockwise, then reddish orange clockwise.